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2002 Kia Optima
In This Article:
Side mirror cover is removed. Various screws are removed and then the door panel is pried away. Electrical connectors are disconnected to separate the panel from the door.
Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)
Time Taken: About 15 Minutes
By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body
This 2002 Kia Optima had
six screws and snap clips fastening the plastic
door panel to the metal door shell.
Here's a nice touch: the side view mirror can be
removed without removing the door panel.
I pried on the plastic
cover next to the side view mirror. I used a rigid putty
knife (with masking tape on the blade to prevent scratching)
and released the snap clips from the metal door.
Caution: Have someone hold the side view
mirror when removing it. The mirror can easily
fall and break or scratch the paint on the door.
Caution: This cover can fly off and
be very difficult to find.
Then I slid the plastic cover forward (with
the door handle pulled
open) to unhook it from behind the handle.
This fastener is only visible when the door is
Then slid the cover
forward to unhook it at the rear.
the door panel was separated from the car.
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Written January 28, 2010